Friday, September 25, 2015

SUNNY SIDE UP is a New York Times Bestseller!

Exciting news this week: Our new graphic novel SUNNY SIDE UP is on the New York Times Besteller List!

We'll be at #10 for the week of October 4. Lucky thing I had this graphic already made up!

( I wonder if I'll have to make some other numbers...? Here's hoping!)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Matthew Holm and Craig Thompson at Portland's Bridge City Comics

Hi gang! If you're in the Portland area this weekend, join me and fellow Scholastic Graphix graphic novelist Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) at Bridge City Comics on Mississippi for a SPACE DUMPLINS / SUNNY SIDE UP release party!

Here are the details, in detail:

WHAT:Space Dumplins & Sunny Side Up Release Party w/Craig Thompson and Matthew Holm!
WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 11am-1pm
WHERE: 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

We'll sign books, naturally, and I should also have a few of my Graphix 10th Anniversary prints to sign and give away:

Come join us!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Matthew Holm to appear at the AJC Decatur Book Festival!

Hello, Georgia! I will be taking part in the AJC Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day weekend. Here are the details:

Children's Stage at Decatur Recreation Center presented by Decatur Education Foundation

Saturday, 1:00-1:30
I'll be talking all about the latest graphic novel I created with my sister, Jenni—SUNNY SIDE UP!

I'll probably be drawing, too. I can't help it. It's a sickness...

Come join me—and about a zillion other great authors, including David Levithan, the editor of SUNNY SIDE UP!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Double Book Birthday!

What a day! Today, TWO of our books officially go on sale:

Available at your favorite bookstore now!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Introducing THE YARN: A new podcast about books!

It's only a week until our new graphic novel SUNNY SIDE UP comes out. Here's a great way to pass the time between now and then:

THE YARN is a new podcast by those kidlit celebrities, Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker. The podcast is done "Serial"-style, with an entire season dedicated to only one story. In this case, that one story is ... our story! The story of how SUNNY SIDE UP came to be made. Colby and Travis interviewed many people involved with the book, from Jenni and me to art director Phil Falco, editor David Levithan, publisher David Saylor, colorist Lark Pien, and even graphic-novel trailblazer Raina Telgemeier, who helped make this book format possible.

Best of all, the episodes of THE YARN are being released one a day from now until the launch of SUNNY SIDE UP next week! So you can either gobble up a new episode every morning, or wait till next week and binge-listen to them all.

Check it out!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunny Side Up!

Yes, I am back. Sort of. Sorry for the yearlong absence. (I blame Twitter—it makes posting so fast... In other news, read my Twitter feed to stay in touch.) A lot has happened in the past year, including amazing working trips to Brazil, Canada, and China! But I've really spent most of the past year with my nose to the grindstone, working on more books than I can count. So it's high time I mention one of the biggest things I've been working on:


SUNNY SIDE UP is a graphic novel, but it's a little different than the work my sister, Jenni, and I have been doing in BABYMOUSE and SQUISH and COMICS SQUAD. Let me list some "firsts" for SUNNY SIDE UP:
  • First FULL-COLOR graphic novel we have made (with the help of wonder-colorist Lark Pien)
  • First graphic novel we've made of its length—224 PAGES!
  • First graphic novel set in the "real world": It takes place in Pennsylvania and Florida in the 1970s, and it features (GASP!) human beings.
  • First graphic novel we've made with Scholastic Graphix—the publisher behind awesome books like Raina Telgemeier's SMILE and SISTERS and Jeff Smith's BONE!
The book goes on sale August 25, 2015. Here are some early reviews to whet your appetite:

★ KIRKUS (starred review)

★ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

★ SHELF AWARENESS (starred review)










Pre-order now from your favorite indie bookstore! (I like Powells, naturally....)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con 2014!

Hello all! I head off to San Diego today for the always awesome, always crazy San Diego Comic-Con. Here's my schedule, for anyone who wants to come see me!

Thursday, July 24th

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Presents: USING GRAPHIC NOVELS IN EDUCATION panel
Location: 30CDE
Description: Comics and graphic novels are amazing resources for inspiring a love of reading and learning among students of all ages. CBLDF experts Betsy Gomez, Meryl Jaffe, Carol Tilley, and more examine how to use comics in classrooms, and provide strategies for combating the confusion that often leads graphic novels to be targeted by censors. They'll also offer suggestions for how to use specific comics in the classroom. Bring your challenges, questions and success stories!

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Kids' Heroes, Capes and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All? panel
Location: Room 29A
Description: Graphic novel authors and educators discuss how kids' heroes have grown and changed over the years. Discussing “Hero” templates, they'll explore old and new hero favorites and whether a mold helps or hinders the development of future heroes. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 hero as artist panelists draw/design/experiment with hero templates. Implications for fans, educators, students, and aspiring writers, and critics will be discussed.

Friday, July 25th                                          

12:00 – 1:00 PM
CBLDF: Graphic Novels and Their Turbulent Past: Now Classroom Tools of Tolerance
Location: Room 30CDE
Description: Graphic novels are often associated with violence and aggression. They can, however, be used to help kids gain a greater understanding of the often violent world around them, and they can often be used to defuse anger. Finally, they can be used to teach history, social studies, and social organization. This panel of educators, authors, and artists will show you how. They'll discuss the intertwining history of comics, violence, and censorship and provide teachers with classroom tools to integrate incredible graphic novels within language arts, social studies and science, effectively meeting Common Core State Standards while addressing ever-present resistance to the graphic text artform.

Saturday, July 26th

10:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: Viz Media Booth #2813
Details: Each signer will be signing the Hello Kitty Hello Forty book.

11:00 AM
Location: Random House Booth #1515
Details: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm will be signing COMICS SQUAD and other titles. Special appearance by a special mouse, as well!

Sunday, July 27th

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Kids Draw! A Comics Live Drawing Panel
Location: Room 30CDE
Description: This fun-filled draw-off pits cartoonist against cartoonist as kids help tell the story -- with Kelley Jones (Space Mountain), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Dan Santat (Comics Squad: Recess), Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop), and Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish) -- and as many monsters, aliens, princesses, and plot twists as they can fit into a single panel! 

11:30 – 12:30 PM
From Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort and Back: The Guys (and Gals?) We Love to Hate Panel
Location: Room 8
Details: Panelists discuss what makes a fan-favorite villain and what budding creators might want to think about when hatching their own knavish ne'er-do-wells. They'll tackle how villains of past and present have changed, how affective villains play foil to their heroes, and whether villains are becoming more believable and more likeable. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 villain.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Huzzah! Today is a heckuva day. Both COMICS SQUAD: RECESS! and SQUISH: FEAR THE AMOEBA hit bookstores today!

How can you possibly choose between an amazing anthology featuring EIGHT new short comics stories by the world's greatest kids comics creators, and the terrifying SIXTH volume in the amazing SQUISH series?

ANSWER: You can't. Get both!